Pat the ride leader suggested that on such a nice day we have a proper ride instead of the planned gentle meander to our lunchtime venue, unanimous agreement.
Now there is sometimes a but and this time big BUT. One of the superb single track rutted byways wuth grass growing in the middle is fine on a dry summers day but, not winter time after much rain!
Here we are at the start all nice and clean -
And at the Duffield Bridge Inn not quite so clean! -
The pic does not properlyshow the amount of crud on the rest of the bike & under the engine & frame where I'd been slip sliding on/off the grassy bit in the middle of the slime.
Today I had to do something not done for a few years, wash a bike!
The 50 miles, including the circuitous 20 miles to lunch, was worth the tiredness and aches to be with friends not seen since our summer camp.